The Voralpen-Express, which operates an hourly service between Lucerne and St. Gallen, is the most convenient and beautiful rail link connecting central and eastern Switzerland. New in every Voralpen-Express is a family compartment, which offers enough space for prams and large tables for playing.  

After a final glance back at Lake Lucerne and the Pilatus mountain the Voralpen-Express travels past the peaks of the Schwyzer Mythen and the stunning high-moorland plateau of Rothenthurm towards Rapperswil. The panoramic views of the Lake Zurich landscape are as unique as the castle itself. Travelling on through the hills of Toggenburg and across the 99 m high railway viaduct, the highest in Switzerland, you eventually reach the capital of eastern Switzerland, St. Gallen, whose abbey district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

So climb aboard and discover the Alpine foothills by rail!

Snacks and refreshments
We’re also there to look after you during the journey itself. All trains have two bistro zones with catering facilities. Two new modern vending machines dispensing hot and cold drinks and a range of snacks are available for a self-service option whenever you feel hungry and/or thirsty.

Total route length:      125 km, Lucerne–St.Gallen
Journey time:2 hours and 15 minutes
Highest bridge:99 m, Sitter Viaduct
Longest tunnel:8603 m, Ricken Tunnel
Lowest point:408 m above sea level, Schmerikon
Highest point:933 m above sea level, Biberegg
Steepest gradient:50 o/oo, Pfäffikon SZ–Biberbrugg
and Arth-Goldau–Biberegg 

Schweizerische Südostbahn AG (SOB)

The Voralpen-Express is operated by Schweizerische Südostbahn AG (SOB).